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I'm curious if I'm just being impatient or if I should invest in a pump.

How long does it take?

How many gallons tank?

Do you use a "python" type drain? Or a electric pump to drain?

Thank you, Jaime

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It takes me 45 minutes to completely change the 100g, and 35 minutes for the 55. I use the mag drive pump to drain, and the Aqueon changer to fill.

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It takes me like 30 to 45 mins to drain the 180 about 80%. I use two siphons, one attached to a hose and the other is a python, and put them both out the door. I let gravity do all the work. It is super easy.

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I do it by my gravel vac/garden hose combo, with the help of only gravity. I think my 55g, on which I usually change about 80-85%, takes roughly 20 minutes (guessing) to drain this way. I have never actually really paid attention to it though. Since the tank is more or less bare bottom, I simply cover the gravel vac intake with netting, get the suction started, clamp the hose to the rim of the tank in a way that it will only suck out 85% at the most, and then leave it alone. :)

Whenever it's done, it makes this loud noise from losing suction anyway, and I know it's time to either continue to the next tank or to refill that tank.

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Takes me about 20 Mins to drain my 55 gallon tank. I use a Python and hang it out the sliding door. :thumb:

I let Gravity do its Mojo :lol

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It takes me about an hour and a half to change the 170g-I pump it out and refill w/ Python.Smaller tanks-46g-I just use the python.The pond-300g-takes about 1.5 hrs. also,but it's a bigger pump.

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20-30 min to do a complete wc depending on if I use my pump or water changer

40 gal

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I have a python and my normal weekly water change take about an hour on all four tanks. 75, 55, 29 and 6 gallon. On the week I do 80 on the two big tanks it take about 15 minutes longer.

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It takes me just over an hour and 15 minutes to do a 25 gallon water change on my 29 gallon tank, i use a 5gallon bucket and a gravel vacuum, going up and down 2-3 flights of stairs 5 times, to dump the bucket down the sink (or tub if the sink has dishes) then i use a 3 gallon(clean water only) bucket to refill from the sink that is 2 flights of stairs up from my tank using the hose from the Gravel Vaccuum....

Man i can't wait till i can get a bigger tank and move it upstairs!

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I do my 29's in a similar way to Ridewithme38. Except both my buckets only hold about 3.5-4gallons each, and the farthest I have to go is across the house to the bathroom for filling/dumping. Although dumping isn't going to take as long now, since I finally cleared out the junk in front of the second door in my room, which leads right outside next to the gardens. :thumb:

I'd say changing about 20-23 gallons takes about a half hour,since I have to use a carrier tank to get the water from the bucket to the tank(can't lift the bucket high enough to get it over the rim when it's full...xP)

For draining/debris pickup I use the gravel cleaner (looks kinda like a large suction cup on a stick that attaches to the end of the hose) my dad made,and let gravity do the work once the suction's started.

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45+ mins to empty 70% of my 30 gal: I don't have any help, i just use gravity to drain through a pipe 10mm thick. Slow but safe :)

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Using the aqueon it takes me 20 min to drain 85% of the 55 gal tank. So I guess it isn't as slow as I thought. I want to next try it by getting it started to drain and then turn off the water and see how it drains. I have to turn my hot and cold water on to get decent suction. The problem with that is it uses up my hot water and when I go to fill my tanks, there isn't any hot water. So I was thinking of trying the Jehmco system but wasn't sure it would be any better. So, I called them and they said it would take about 10 min to drain my tank and I wouldn't have to run my water. Hmmmm

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If i had to guess i would say changing 150-200 gallons in a hour is about tops for a python. This is obviously depending on how high your tanks are off the ground. I can generally change around 80% of the water in 2- 55's and 2- 75's in around an hour using a python to drain and a mag 5 to pump back in.

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I use a python (gravity). For me, it takes half an hour to drain and another 15 minutes to fill up my 90 gal. So 45 min for water changes.

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it takes about 30-40 minutes for me to drain the 75g 80-90% and 20ish minutes to drain the 55g. I use a hose (with a safety sponge over the end) as a siphon and send the water straight out the back door and into the flowers.

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I think I am in the 30-40 minute group! I remove 70-80% from my 90 gal tank (using the Python.... & gravity) and the 29.

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I think it is interesting that most of us use a Python (or similar) hose system BUT don't hook it to the faucet to remove water! I am MUCH more pleased with it since (soon after I got it & saw how much water it wasted) I now just use it as a gravity fed siphon to clean gravel & remove water. Then I whip on the thingee when ready to refill & let 'er rip!!! I can't imagine NOT having my Python now!!!!!!!!! :no:

WARNING:

((Just remember IF you do use it attached to the sink to remove water you have to guard the intake VERY carefully....curious goldfish can easily get sucked in & it will hurt them badly (& can even KILL them!)) Always place a net over the end if you aren't right there totally watching the intake!!!

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